Goodwood Stakes

The Goodwood Stakes (Handicap) is the second oldest race still staged at the Glorious Goodwood Festival having first been run in 1823 in its current format. However, some might claim that it is the oldest race, since a Goodwood Stakes over 2 miles was staged at the 1811 meeting, a year before the inaugural running of the present day Goodwood Cup, while others would assert that a Goodwood Silver Cup was first held in 1808. It is a handicap for 3-year-olds and above over 2miles 5 furlongs, although it has fluctuated between 2 miles 5 furlongs and 2 miles throughout its history, and is currently contested over 2 miles 4 furlongs and 134 yards, making it a wonderful spectacle for the crowd, as it starts in front of the stands and is the longest presently run at the Festival.
Early history:-The inaugural running of the Goodwood Stakes was on Tuesday 12th August 1823 when the Duke of Richmond's Dandizette defeated Lord Egremont's Young Gohanna colt, although on the same card the Old Goodwood Club Stakes saw Lord Egremont’s Elfrid beat Mr C Day's Victorine.

Goodwood Stakes 1888 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 STOURHEAD G Barrett aged-7st 11lbs (Taylor) Mr A Taylor 4/1
2 CLAN CHATTAN Tibbett 3-5st 6lbs Mr A C Barclay 20/1
3 FEALTY R Chaloner 4-8st 9lbs Duke of Beaufort 20/1
4 SAVILE Tom Cannon junior 4-7st 9lbs Duke of Westminster 75/20 fav
5 TISSAPHERNES Liddiard 4-7st 9lbs Mr H T Barclay 10/1
6 SORRENTO T Loates 4-7st 0lbs Mr Fair 100/7
7 CHIPPEWAY Jimmy Woodburn 4-7st 0lbs Lord Cholmondely 100/6
8 TORCH LIGHT R Chandley 4-7st 0lbs Mr A Victor 10/1
9 JACOB J Wall 6-6st 8lbs Lord Dudley 100/7
10 SPUD Blake 3-5st 12lbs Sir F Johnstone 100/8
11 OSMUNDA Peake 3-5st 10lbs Mr E O Starkey 100/6
12 SPICE G Chaloner 3-5st 9lbs Lord Lurgan 6/1
This race took place on Friday 3rd August 1888 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. There were 34 subs and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £39,000 in 2021) Over round 118%